Ahead of his final run as fan favorite character Mike Ehrmantraut in Better Call Saul season 6, Jonathan Banks has joined the cast of Bill Burr's popular animated series F is for Family. Previously, Banks and Burr collaborated when Burr played a career criminal working alongside Banks' character in the AMC drama series Breaking Bad. Now, as revealed in a sneak peek video of Banks in the role, the actor can be heard as the voice of Big Bill Murphy - the father of Burr's Frank Murphy - in the show's upcoming fourth season. You can watch the preview video below.
In the profanity-laced clip, Frank can be heard lamenting over his rough childhood thanks to having Big Bill Murphy for a father. Clips of Frank as a child getting picked on by his old man sell his point, with Banks adding to the role as only he can. Recalling these memories, Frank doesn't seem thrilled when an older Bill comes by to visit the family, but is surprised to see that his father is now far more kind than how he remembered him. "Did you have a stroke?" Frank asks him during the visit, noticing the drastic change in demeanor. Still, these changes haven't affected Frank's resentment for Bill, as he uses some choice words to tell his father to walk off a cliff when Bill tells him he should smile more.
Created by Bill Burr and Michael Price, F Is for Family first premiered on Netflix in 2015. The series is based on the stand-up comedy of Burr and is set in the '70s, following a dysfunctional family living in America during that era. Co-starring with Burr as the other members of the Murphy family are Laura Dern as Sue, Justin Long as Kevin, Haley Reinhart as Bill, and Debi Derryberry as Maureen. Trevor Devall, Mo Collins, and Phil Hendrie also star as various characters. Along with positive reviews, the series has achieved high viewership on Netflix, running for three seasons already on the streaming service with another season set to arrive soon.
As for Banks, the Emmy-nominated actor is set to play Mike Ehrmantraut once more in the final season of Better Call Saul which is scheduled to begin shooting this fall barring any production delays. Though Banks is an accomplished veteran with dozens of movie and TV roles under his belt, it was Mike who made the actor a household name when the character was first popularized by Breaking Bad. Now, fans of the actor will always recognize his distinct voice in any of his voice roles as well. In addition to F Is for Family, some of Banks' other major voice roles include parts in Mike Tyson Mysteries, Skylanders Academy, and Tangles: The Series. He also voiced Commissioner James Gordon in the popular video game Batman: Arkham Knight.
An official premiere date for season 4 of F Is for Family has not yet been revealed by Netflix, but the streaming giant says the show's new episodes will be arriving soon. It's not clear just how long Banks will be sticking around when his character is introduced in F Is for Family, but let's hope it will involve regular appearances across multiple episodes. The sneak peek video of Banks as Big Bill Murphy comes to us from Netflix on YouTube.